A Sinner in Prayer

A Sinner in Prayer

(I Timothy 1:15:-16) “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting.” Notice that the Apostle Paul said he had been the chief of sinners, but the Lord had made him a pattern (example) for all of us who believe on Him to life everlasting. Read the following: (Acts 9:1-19) (Acts 22:6-16) and (Acts 26:13-16) These are the three accounts of Paul’s conversion and we can learn something from each one. Let’s look at the first account in (Acts 9:1-19).  Saul, later called Paul, was indeed a sinner and about as bad as a person can get.  The Lord identified Himself to Saul.  There was no doubt in Saul’s mind who he was talking to, and his whole life changed. Common Sense:  When anyone is blinded suddenly, he is a very helpless person. Usually a blind person learns to deal with it, and most people become efficient and live a normal life. But, Saul was for the first time in his life completely dependent on someone.  They led him by the hand (verses 8 and 9). He did not eat or drink for three days.  Was he worried? Did he have regrets? Was he afraid? I think all of the above! Second account (Acts 22:6-16).  We learn that Ananias, a faithful man, was sent to Paul to tell him what he “must do”. Not just giving him good advice, nor giving him a suggestion, nor some options–What he “Must Do”!  Ananias was an inspired man saying exactly what the Lord wanted him to say (oh if all preachers would do that).  Common Sense–we would have the unity Christ prayed for in John 17, especially verses 20 and 21.  What was the first thing that Paul was told to do?  (Acts 22:16) “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” Now, you young men who want to preach the “truth”.  If you find a person who totally believes that Jesus is the “real deal”, that He is truly the son of God, who is in a state of complete repentance, and tells you of his new belief in Christ.  What would you tell that person to do? Say the “sinner’s prayer”?  Don’t make me laugh because this is too serious to be funny. Two souls are at risk! (Galatians 1:6-9) “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” The third account of Paul’s conversion is in (Acts 26:13-19).  Two things stand out in my mind–the light brighter than the sun (verse 13).  No wonder Paul was struck blind!  The purpose of the three accounts is found in (verse 19). “Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:” Thanks for reading!

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